Guardianship - Minnesota Court Forms and Information
What is a Guardian?
A guardian is appointed by the court to make personal decisions for the person subject to guardianship.
How is a Guardian different from a Conservator?
A guardian is appointed to make personal decisions for the person in need of protection. A guardian protects the person. A conservator is appointed to make financial decisions for the protected person. A conservator protects the estate.
Who needs a Guardian?
Minors or incapacitated adults who do not have the understanding or capacity to make or communicate responsible personal decisions. People who are unable to meet personal needs for medical care, nutrition, clothing, shelter, or safety are also subject to guardianship.
The Minnesota Courts have forms and information about guardianship. The Courts do not publish form instructions for every form. See the Conservatorship & Guardianship Manual for information. You may need to speak to a lawyer to determine which forms you need.
Download court forms:
Forms on the Courts website are organized in "packets" and by individual forms. Packets include form instructions and all individual forms. If you are not sure what form you need, start with the Packet and download each individual form in the packet as you need.
Some Minnesota court forms are “Fillable Smart Forms.” For information and help using Fillable Smart Forms, see Technical Support.